LOS ANGELES – Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city , confirms that Compton, CA is still a pretty sketchy neighborhood, especially at night, and even after all these years.
The album comes 24 years after N.W.A first warned the public to be careful in the city of Compton, especially when walking the streets alone, and especially if female.
“Especially if fine female,” Lamar raps on “Poetic Justice” (ft. Drake). “Especially if phat ass.”
“Still gotta look both ways when crossing Rosecrans Avenue,” producer Dr. Dre raps on album closer “Compton” (ft. Dr. Dre). “Still gotta wear bright and reflective colors riding my bicycle at night.”
Rap fans assuming Compton had improved its safety since The Game’s 2005 debut The Documentary will be surprised to find that many of the same hazards persist today including unemployment, litter, profanity in front of children, and more guns and drugs per square foot than on Nelly’s tour bus.
On “The Art of Peer Pressure,” Lamar confesses he “used to read Sparknotes first like [his] friends,” and also “bully homosexuals for candy money” while also tackling the tender subject of rape: “Just cause everyone’s gettin’ raped don’t mean you gotta too, boo.”
“Also, don’t feed the dogs raw meat and pet them as they chew,” Lamar continues to rap throughout the album. “Pay the meter when you park your sports car, or you might get a ticket. And also, dress as a construction worker if you visit, because you’re infinitely less likely to be bothered if people think you’re here to fix shit.”